Last year, Lions WR Calvin Johnson would miss practice -- something he's loath to do -- and he felt that affected his play in games. And now, in May, with his knees and finger healed, Johnson talked briefly about the problems his injuries caused him last season.
"It bothered me enough to where I had to get [the right knee] drained every week," Johnson said Wednesday. "The finger, it was stuck at 90 degrees. It's good to have those things freed up right now."
Johnson has been practicing during OTAs, attempting to learn the Detroit Lions' new offense along with his teammates. He is able to participate fully because he can move and catch better.
Johnson will turn 29 in September, so he should still have several productive years remaining, provided he can stay healthy. Even battling all of these injuries, he finished as the #3 WR, and will likely be the first wideout taken on draft day.